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CASTING NEWS: Jennifer Hudson Is Winnie Mandela+Darius McCray Is "Y&R"'s Malcolm?!

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I am UBER heated right now.  Y'all know about my "Young and the Restless" obsession. Seeing that it was pretty much obvious Shemar Moore would not be reprising his role as "Malcolm" on "Y&R" thanks to his successful gig over at "Criminal Minds", I knew there would have to be a new Malcolm.  But WHOEVER had the bright idea to cast Eddie damn Winslow in this spot has scarred my heart: EW has learned exclusively that Darius McCrary – best known for playing Eddie Winslow on the long-running ABC sitcom Family Matters – has signed a multi-year deal to assume the role beginning Nov. 18. His debut will air on Dec. 29. “We are thrilled to have the character of Malcolm back on Y&R,” according to a statement from Maria Bell, the drama’s co-executive producer/head writer. “Malcolm, Neil Winters’ brother, has always been a catalyst to exciting stories. He’s coming back to town to see his brother and to reunite with his biological daughter, Lily Winters, as she fights for her life. Malcolm is a photographer … someone who lives on the edge and who always pushes the envelope.”
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WHYYYYY GINA?!?! Darius McCrary? Really? Sorry. I just can't co-sign on this foolishness.

In other news, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has signed on to play Winnie Mandela, wife of South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, in a new biopic called Winnie. Here's the scoop: Jennifer Hudson is set to star in “Winnie,” a drama that casts her as the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. Hudson will play Winnie Mandela in a film that begins production May 30 in the South African locations of Johannesburg, Capt Town, Transkei and Robben Island, where the future president spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. “I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Hudson said. “Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honored to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.”
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Morgan Freeman has already signed on and started taping scenes for his role as Nelson Mandela for another upcoming movie Invictus. This should be interesting to also have the story told from the former wife's perspective.
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